Growing Climate Change Awareness Among Students

Main Project Contact:

Garfield Giff

Project Start Date:

2019

Project End Date:

2020

Project Name:

Growing Climate Change Awareness Among Students

ARI Team:

Garfield Giff
Celtie Ferguson
Greg Elias

Overview:

Effectively informing youths about the effects of climate-driven changes on their environment requires methodologies that visible identify these effects in a fun-filled, entertaining, interactive and informative manner. This strategy will be even more effective if the lessons are delivered by persons the children can relate to and in an environment that is familiar and comfortable to them. Based on the above premise the project deliver climate change information to Western Arctic students through on-the-land programs that infuses traditional knowledge with Earth and Space science.  In this program, students—accompanied by a team of local elders, research scientists, and teachers—will visit local sites where the effects of climate-driven changes are identifiable. During the visit students will observe and participate in the use of the infusion of traditional knowledge with Earth and Space science to identify, map and monitor the effects of climate-driven changes on their environment.

Objectives:

The main of objective of the project is to guide Western Arctic youth on integrating traditional knowledge with Earth and Space science to identify, map and monitor the effects of climate-driven changes (CDC) on their communities. The objective will be achieved through students’ participation in the following activities:

  • The use of traditional knowledge to identify CDC;
  • Hands-on experience on the use of Earth and Space science in identifying and monitoring CDC;
  • The application of Earth and Space science and traditional knowledge in identifying and monitoring CDC;
  • The use of Earth and Space science to support adaptation and mitigation strategies to slow the effects of CDC; and
  • Documentation of their measurements and findings through interactive maps and videos.

Location:

The project will take place in the Beaufort-Delta Education Council School District of the Northwest Territories. See map below courtesy of the Beaufort-Delta Education Council.

Methods:

  • On-the-land visit
  • Geospatial field exercise
  • Environmental (focus on climate change) field exercise
  • Storytelling
  • Tutorial
  • GIS
  • Videography

Schedule:

Timeline
2019-2020

Key Project Activities
January-May
  • Project Planning
  • Design frameworks for lesson plan, video shoot, interactive Web Maps and Story Maps
  • Data collection for maps
  • Develop lesson plan to accompany video

June-August

  • On-the-land visit and video shooting
  • Video editing
September-November
  • Create prototypes (web and story maps)
  • Workshop to demonstrate and discuss the use of the video and maps in the classroom
  • Edit lesson plans based on feedback
  • Edit maps and video based on feedback
  • Demonstrate video and maps at different public science events (e.g., GIS Day)
December-January
  • In class demonstrate video and maps
  • Documentation of feedbacks
  • Edit maps and lesson plans based on feedback
  • Dissemination video and accompanying lessons, and maps through agreed channels

External Partners:

American Geophysical Union: Centennial Program

Beaufort Delta Education Council

Chief Julius School

Gwich'in Tribal Council

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Start Date: 
Friday, September 20, 2019
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